Shamsul Bari

The writer is the Chairman of Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB) and a former Director of UNHCR.

December 15, 2020
December 15, 2020

A clarion call for civil society to make the RTI Act a success

Most countries of the world have moved in the past 50 years from the age-old practice of government secrecy towards making their work largely accessible by the public through Right to Information ...

November 15, 2020
November 15, 2020

RTI in Bangladesh

Reva Rani of Taraganj Upazila of Rangpur District was determined to bring electricity to her home. But, all her efforts, including payment of “speed money”, failed.

October 15, 2020
October 15, 2020

We need an independent and neutral Information Commission

From its onset in early 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic has damaged trust in governments. As governments fumbled with different approaches, citizens’ distrust of them increased in tandem. Allegations...

September 28, 2020
September 28, 2020

What should be our resolve this year?

International day for universal access to information this year comes at a time when the whole world is reeling from the greatest global crisis since World War II. The Covid-19 pandemic has spared...

September 16, 2020
September 16, 2020

International Right to Know Day must generate serious reflections by all sides

September is an important month for Right to Information (RTI) buffs all over the world. They undertake various activities during the month to commemorate the International Right to Know Day on...

August 17, 2020
August 17, 2020

Trust lost between governments and citizens during Covid-19 pandemic?

The relationship between governments and the people has been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in many countries.

June 15, 2020
June 15, 2020

Transparency and accountability of government actions during Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic will be recorded as one of the most consequential events in human history. A small part of that history will relate to how governments interacted with their populations in...

May 15, 2020
May 15, 2020

RTI/FOI Acts: Another Victim of the Covid-19 Pandemic

One of the institutional casualties of the global Covid-19 pandemic is people’s right to information.

April 16, 2020
April 16, 2020

RTI in the time of coronavirus

The Covid-19 pandemic, sowing misery across the world, has thrown the role of the state into stark relief.

March 15, 2020
March 15, 2020

Learning from the UK’s experience

Our last column was focused on the multifarious use of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in the United States.